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World Music Therapy Day

To celebrate World Music Therapy Day, we thought we would ask our very own Music Therapist, Heidi a few questions about music therapy.

What do you enjoy/like about being a music therapist?

Many things! I think music therapy is a wonderful profession, but I especially enjoy using music in my work every day to form connections. Music has the ability to build connections between people who might otherwise have little in common, and to strengthen existing relationships through shared experiences. It helps us connect to our feelings and emotions in a deeper way, as well as to the rhythms and physiological processes of our bodies. Music can even help us connect with our past, by evoking memories, and can be used as a grounding tool to draw us more fully into the present. I think music is such a special thing, and I feel privileged that singing and making music with others is an integral part of my job!

What is or has been a highlight of being a music therapist?

For me, a highlight of being a music therapist is seeing someone’s face light up when they accomplish a task within a session or when they are listening to or singing their favourite song. It is such a simple thing, yet it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

What do you look forward to doing in the future as a music therapist?

Having been born and bred in a small town, and being a country gal at heart, I would love to someday take music therapy to some of Queensland’s more regional and rural areas. Living in the city, we have so much available to us that many fellow Australians don’t, simply because of where they live. It is my dream to one day help change that, if only in a small way.

Brain Injury Awareness Week

Brain Injury Awareness week is on this week 15th – 21st August and is focused on bringing light to ‘young stroke’.

In Australia there is approximately 60,000 new strokes every year. Stroke is typically seen to occur in older adults however statistics show one in every five strokes happens to a person aged under 55.

Stroke can have a significant impact on the life of the individual, effecting daily skills that we take for granted like walking or saying ‘good morning’. Sometimes there are symptoms of stroke that go unnoticed like, recalling day to day information, frequency of mood changes, and sleep disturbances.

We have years of experience working with clients who have suffered a stroke and find communication, mobility and or cognitive tasks difficult. Using thorough assessments and detailed program development we address specific rehabilitation and recovery goals through the use of music. Specialising in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of how music is used to address specific needs. Through expert clinical knowledge and experience our clinicians provide evidence-based treatment processes and procedures aligning with the National Stroke Guidelines.

We provide individual and group based therapy programs. If you are interested in knowing more about how we can support your stroke recovery please contact us.

Music for Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Autism

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This is the lead article in the November edition of the South City Bulletin featuring an interview with me.

The article discusses some of the benefits of music for our health and well- being from birth to older adults. Music is a very important part of many peoples everyday lives and at Bethany Best & Associates we use music every day to meet and address the needs and non-musical goals of people who have a neurological condition such as Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and Autism.

Music has an amazing impact and effect on our bodies and brains and can assist in the rebuilding, reshaping and re-connection of pathways that may be damaged due to a neurological event or condition. If you want more information about the impact and benefits of music or how we might assist you, please contact us.

Music trumps reading for childhood development

New research just released from University of Queensland demonstrates the benefits of engaging your children in music and the longer term impact on literacy, numeracy, social skills, and attention and emotion regulation by the age of five.

 

I encourage you to read their article on The Conversation website – Jamming with your toddler: how music trumps reading for childhood development.

It’s very exciting more and more research is demonstrating the use of music in childhood development and wonderful to think what this means for the future of our children.

Music Therapy and Stroke Recovery

Music is a great tool that when it is used effectively and strategically can assist in the recovery of people who have had a stroke. There is more research emerging that demonstrates the benefits of involving music therapy to improve communication, psychosocial, cognitive and physical function within stroke recovery/rehabilitation programs.

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Christmas, Stress, Music

Yes Christmas is just around the corner! The season for a plethora of decorations, inundation of Christmas songs everywhere and the hawds of people flocking to the shops is upon us. But don’t let the stress of finishing the school year, finishing work, getting Christmas organised, getting presents and so on get to you.

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World Music Therapy Day

To celebrate World Music Therapy Day, we thought we would ask our very own Music Therapist, Heidi a few questions about music …

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